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Luis Suarez reveals Ronald Koeman spoke with him for just 40 seconds before Barcelona exit

By Amreen
Suarez has hit out at Koeman's handling of the former's Barca exit
Suarez has hit out at Koeman's handling of the former's Barca exit / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Luis Suarez has revealed details of an infamous call with Ronald Koeman in which he was informed that he was being let go by Barcelona and admitted that the call last just 40 seconds.

Suarez spent six years at Camp Nou, scoring 198 goals, and winning four LaLiga titles and one Champions League crown. However, he was deemed surplus in the summer of 2020, with Koeman letting the Uruguayan leave shortly after taking over the reins at Camp Nou.

Explaining to Gerard Romero on Twitch how that conversation played out, Suarez has said: "The call from Koeman to tell me that [I wasn't in his plans] lasted 40 seconds, it's not the way to say goodbye to a legend.

"First he told me that I wasn't in his plans, and then he told me that if I didn't get my contract sorted out I was going to play against Villarreal. He lacked the personality to tell me clearly if he didn't want me or if it was really the club that didn't want me."

Suarez added: "They were very difficult days because of everything I gave to the club. I spoke to Sofia [Suarez's wife] and Leo after the phone call. It was a complicated year due to everything. Messi asked to leave and I was being sent away. Both of our families had a very bad time."

Suarez also took a cheeky dig at his former team-mate Gerard Pique, with Romero setting up, saying: "You left Pique a couple of times. What little joke… so that later they say you’re finished … Gery [Pique] is still looking for you at Wanda," Romero said.

Suarez responded with a laugh: "‘It’s not that difficult nowadays, either!"